An action-packed summer of sport lies ahead with the World Cup 2018 final, Wimbledon decider and The Open Championship all taking place in July alone. Followers of horse racing haven’t been left out either with plenty to give lovers of the sport of kings an interest including the Coral Eclipse, July Cup and John Smith Cup Handicap.
On Saturday 28, it gets serious for all, however, as the 2018 renewal of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes goes to post at Ascot. With a history stretching back to 1951, some instantly recognisable names have tasted glory over the years including Galileo in 2001 and the great Shergar back in 1981.
John Gosden’s Enable was the latest to add his name to the list when securing the prize 12 months ago under the ride of Frankie Dettori. The victor was priced like losing wasn’t an option – heading off into the 1m 3f trip a 5/4 favourite – and he didn’t disappoint backers, hammering runner-up Ulysses by 4 ½ lengths.
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We won’t see two in a row with Enable steered towards the Juddmonte in August and the ante-post betting tips at Oddschecker has him a hot favourite to add the York group one to his list of achievements. That paves the way for a new king and traders are throwing the weight of their support behind Cracksman.
Bookies have the four-year-old chalked up on the betting board at 6/4 and that seems to be the general buy klonopin overnight feeling in the parade ring at the time of writing. Another for the Gosden yard it’s worth knowing the highly decorated Newmarket-based trainer has won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in three of the last seven years. Is he about to make it four from eight?
There’s certainly enough in Cracksman’s form to suggest so with the striking Frankel colt winning five and placing twice in his first seven starts. He made a winning debut at Newmarket late in 2016 and traders were foolish enough to offer an SP of 9/2 that day. They didn’t make the same mistake again.
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He was priced 4/6 when going two for two an Epsom and that provided a solid base on which to launch his career. He has now won respected titles such as the group two Great Voltigeur Stakes, Neil Group 2 Stakes at Chantilly and a group one hat-trick – Champion Stakes, Ganay Stakes and Coronation Cup.
Despite a staggering CV, Gosden seemed in a confident mood when speaking to the racing press earlier this summer, assuring fans he believes the best is yet to come from Cracksman. Backers following the form horse with their hard-earned cash at Ascot will hope he’s right.
Other notable runners in the list at present are second favourite Crystal Ocean who’s currently available at 6/1, Aidan O’Brien’s young upstart Saxon Warrior at 7/1 and Derby winner Masar who leaps off the page at an eye-catching double-figure quote.